Diabolik is a formidable thief. He and his splendid looking side-kick Eva Kant carry out spectacular hold-ups and robberies all for the fun of it. Police detective Ginko, determined to arrest Diabolik at any cost, hatches a new plan.
Diabolik, an adaptation of a Guissani sisters’ fumetti or Italian comic book, is without a doubt the most famous of the Italian arch villains. Take Mario Bava’s mise-en-scène enhanced by Ennio Morricone music, notably by the mythic song “Deep Deep Down” and throw in the dazzling dynamite couple formed by John Phillip Law and Marisa Mell, plus Michel Piccoli as a humiliated police commissioner and you have a film which captures the entire spirit Italian Pop. –Festival Européen du Film Fantastique de Strasbourg
Mario Bava was born in Sanremo, Liguria, Italy. The son of Eugenio Bava, a sculptor who became a pioneer of special effects photography and subsequently one of the great cameramen of Italian silent pictures, Mario Bava’s first ambition was to become a painter. Unable to turn out paintings at a profitable rate, he went into his father’s business, working as an assistant to other Italian cinematographers like Massimo Terzano, while also offering assistance to his father who headed the special effects department at Benito Mussolini’s film factory, the Instituto LUCE.
Bava became a cinematographer in his own right in 1939, shooting two short films with Roberto Rossellini. He made his feature debut in the early 1940s. Bava’s camerawork was an instrumental factor in developing the screen personas of such stars of the period as Gina Lollobrigida, Steve Reeves and Aldo Fabrizi.
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